Police encourage people from all backgrounds to become PCSOs

PUBLISHED: 08:28 29 January 2020 | UPDATED: 16:51 03 February 2020

PCSO Julie Berchall with Lewis, Chloe and Lacey.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

PCSO Julie Berchall with Lewis, Chloe and Lacey. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Avon and Somerset Police are looking for members of the public to become Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

Police are looking for members of the public to become Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

As part of the neighbourhood policing team, PCSOs support vulnerable people and address concerns and issues in the community.

PCSOs have flexible working patterns and shifts which can fit around child care and other commitments.

Successful applicants can earn starting pay of £19,719, plus allowances and a government pension scheme.

Will White, Avon and Somerset police's head of neighbourhoods and partnerships, said: "Being a PCSO is a totally unique, people-focused job at the heart of communities across Avon and Somerset.

"We are encouraging people from all backgrounds to apply, as we want our PCSOs to be a reflection of the communities we serve."

Police and crime commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, supported the recruitment campaign.

She said: "PCSOs make a real difference to our communities by working to tackle the crimes that matter to local people.

"They help promote community safety and reduce the fear of crime with their proactive and visible presence.

"Neighbourhood policing is at the heart of our communities and is essential to ensuring Avon and Somerset remains a safe place to live and work.

"If you are committed to supporting your local community, becoming a PCSO could be the role for you, so don't hesitate to apply."

PCSO Sam Bushen added: "When I applied, I originally wanted to use the PCSO role as a stepping stone to help me apply to be a police officer.

"But I quickly changed my mind because of the enjoyment I was getting from being a PCSO.

"Every day is, without a doubt, different.

"Having two children, I also have a flexible shift pattern, which is really helpful.

"The way you see life will change, but that isn't a negative.

"You see the world in a different way, but knowing you have helped bring justice, support and care to victims or those involved with the police is very rewarding."

For more information about PCSO recruitment, log on to www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/jobs-and-volunteering

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